gasp

A gasp is the sound made by a sharp inward breath. After running up a steep hill, your breath will come in gasps.

When you make the sound of a gasp, you gasp: "It was so surprising to see my lost cat sitting calmly on the front porch that it made me gasp." People tend to gasp when they're shocked or hurt. A "last gasp" is the moment just before someone dies — it can also mean the point of completing or ending something: "It was the last gasp of video stores in my city when that one closed."

Definitions of gasp
  1. noun
    a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
    “she gave a gasp and fainted”
    synonyms: pant
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    type of:
    aspiration, breathing in, inhalation, inspiration, intake
    the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
  2. verb
    breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
    synonyms: heave, pant, puff
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    type of:
    blow
    exhale hard
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